Last year we heard that Skyfall co-writer John Logan had been hired to write the scripts for both Bond 24 and Bond 25 and the two film would have a linking plot. Sam Mendes is thought to have contributed to the story, and now there may be a chance he’ll return to direct the next film.
From The Daily Mail:
He had initially been reluctant because screenwriter John Logan was planning to write a two-part story that would have been shot back-to-back, which would have taken four years out of the director’s life. It would have meant long stretches for the cast, too – led by Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes as the new M, Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny and Ben Whishaw playing Q.
That plan has been jettisoned, and Bond 24 and 25 will be stand-alone pictures. Mendes hasn’t firmly made up his mind about directing another Bond, but I’m reliably told he’s ‘75 per cent’ of the way towards doing it. At present, Logan’s thoughts for Bond 24 are in the form of two treatment papers outlining a rough idea of the plot.
Apparently Mendes wants to see the finished script before he fully commits, but it sounds promising. Following up the critical and commercial success of Skyfall must be daunting, but I fully believe Mendes can do it again, especially with John Logan writing the script. The writer has received 3 Oscar nominations for his work on Gladiator, Hugo, and The Aviator and his next film will be Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.